Dissertation support

Information Services and Student Learning Services offer support to students at every stage of your dissertation.

Student Learning Services Support

Student Learning Services (SLS) are available for face-to-face, virtual and drop-in tutorials. If you have any questions about the structure, writing, referencing, or editing your dissertation please do get in touch via email at SLS@stir.ac.uk to book a slot.

See the Dissertation Section in the Student Learning Services module in Canvas for tips on structure, proofreading, and editing techniques.  

Library and IT Support  

Finding Resources 

Struggling to find articles and books on your dissertation topic? Our Librarians are here to help you find resources for your dissertation research. You can also request an appointment with your Librarian

Wondering how to find past dissertations? The Library has some past undergraduate and taught postgraduate dissertations. Find out how to search for a dissertation and how to request it from store (scroll down to the section called Finding past dissertations).

Sometimes the library will not have all the materials that you need for your dissertation. You should still be able to access everything you need by using our Document Delivery Service


The library has a full guide on referencing which covers a range of referencing styles used in different subject areas within the University See our guides on referencing and referencing software.

Word Formatting your Dissertation  

Dreading the word formatting part of your dissertation? Fear not! We’ve added a brand new section to the Canvas and Learning Technologies (Students) module which includes help, training videos, and a template document to drop your text into.

From creating and saving a new document to creating styles to adding and editing footnotes, we’ve got it covered.

Check out the Word-Processing a Dissertation section now

Printing and Binding your Dissertation 

If you are required to submit a hard copy of your dissertation (please double-check with your department first) you may be required to print on a higher quality dissertation paper. We have two student printers, located in the Cottrell print suite 2A18, loaded with higher quality paper for printing dissertations.  

For more information on how to send your dissertation to these printers and details on the cost please see our section on printing your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service.  

Graphics and Print Services also offer a dissertation (soft) binding service. See our section on binding your dissertation in UniDesk Self Service for all the details.  

Don’t forget to have a look at our dissertation support pages in UniDesk Self Service for all things dissertation-related.